Aintree provides the best of the action this afternoon and that's where we head for Sunday's attempt at the Placepot.
Error-prone rounds of jumping have prevented Buywise from fulfilling his potential, but he has still gone close in a couple of ultra-competitive handicaps and remains well treated.
13:25- Perform shaped better than the bare result on his hurdling debut in the spring, holding every chance until making a bad mistake two out, and he might be worth siding with for the in-form Hobbs and Johnson team. Perform is no banker, however, so we will also include American as he too represents a powerful yard and was bought for £70,000 after winning a Point on debut.
13:55- The lightly-raced Sykes shaped well on his handicap bow at Newton Abbot recently and looks sure to benefit from this increased test of stamina. He has the added advantage of a good-value claimer in the saddle and ought to go very close.
14:30- Danimix has really turned a corner since re-joining Peter Bowen and he appeared to win with plenty in hand when scoring at Chepstow two weeks ago. That was a career-best effort from the thriving Danimix and he is likely to prove difficult to beat if in similar form, plenty of these veterans arriving with something to prove.
15:00- Hunters Hoof showed fairly useful form in bumpers and he made a promising start to his hurdling career last season, winning a maiden hurdle here before defying a penalty to score at Doncaster. Those weren't the strongest of races, but he goes handicapping from a fair-looking mark and remains open to plenty of improvement. Box Office famously failed to provide AP McCoy with the perfect send-off at Sandown last season, but he has shaped like a well-handicapped horse on a couple of occasions, including on his return at Chepstow recently, catching the eye having been left poorly placed. He has a bigger performance in him and is worth keeping on side.
15:30- Johns Spirit has won on his reappearance for the past two seasons and looks likely to give a good account here, just 1 lb higher than when going agonisingly close in last year's Paddy Power Gold Cup. Johns Spirit wasn't disgraced at the highest level last season but should be more comfortable back in handicap company. We will also include the clumsy Buywise. Error-prone rounds of jumping have prevented Buywise from fulfilling his potential, but he has still gone close in a couple of ultra-competitive handicaps and remains well treated.
16:00- Abricot de l'Oasis was let down by his jumping over fences on his final couple of starts for Donald McCain, but he had shown enough previously to be of interest back over hurdles on his debut for Dan Skelton. Skelton has an excellent record when it comes to improving recruits and, with his yard firing on all cylinders at present, Abricot de l'Oasis is expected to put up a very bold show.
13:25- 1, 6
15:00- 5, 6
15:30- 3, 7
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